In this article on Discover Magazine, David Eagleman explains how consciousness is handled by a tiny portion of our brain, while the rest works "behind the scenes" handling "breathing to mate selection."
In fact, neuroscientist David Eagleman of Baylor College of Medicine argues that the unconscious workings of the brain are so crucial to everyday functioning that their influence often trumps conscious thought. To prove it, he explores little-known historical episodes, the latest psychological research, and enduring medical mysteries, revealing the bizarre and often inexplicable mechanisms underlying daily life.
Eagleman's theory is epitomized by the deathbed confession of the 19th-century mathematician James Clerk Maxwell, who developed fundamental equations unifying electricity and magnetism. Maxwell declared that "something within him" had made the discoveries; he actually had no idea how he'd achieved his great insights. It is easy to take credit after an idea strikes you, but in fact, neurons in your brain secretly perform an enormous amount of work before inspiration hits. The brain, Eagleman argues, runs its show incognito. Or, as Pink Floyd put it, "There's someone in my head, but it's not me."
|Can A Narrow Signal Carry Intelligence?|
|False Modesty and Why Smart People Don't Brag as Much|
|A History of the Sky: a Year-Long Time-Lapse Study of the Sky|
|The Only Roadblock to a Head Transplant Is Ethics, Not Science|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|On Instagram, Everyone Takes the Exact Same Photos|
|“This incredible inconsistency can make English really hard to master for non-native speakers.”|
|“Sending you changes in your media feed that are calculated to adjust you slightly to the liking of some unseen advertiser.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|Review of BenQ's treVolo S Portable Electrostatic Bluetooth Speaker|
|“Lifting the electric motors out of Teslas and putting them in the chassis of other, formerly gas guzzling cars.”|
|“What can we do to make responsible use of plastic a reality? First: reject the lie.”|
|“That’s why Colorado School of Mines decided it was time for students to learn how to tap celestial bodies for all they’re worth.”|
|“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”|
|Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you|
|Go the Fuck to Sleep: A Children's Bedtime Book|